• 27th Jan, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav Shah today confirmed one case of measles in Illinois. A suburban Cook County resident became ill in mid-January and test results were positive for measles.

    “This case in Illinois is a reminder of the importance of immunizations,” said Director Shah. “With only 10 cases reported in Illinois over the past five years, many parents may not have experienced the severe illness that can be caused by measles. Immunizations are vital to protect not only each child, but the community as a whole.”

    The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), with assistance from IDPH, is conducting contact tracing and informing all potential contacts of their possible exposure.

    “Measles is highly contagious and a person with no immunity can become infected simply by being in the same room with someone who has the...

  • 10th Jan, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today released the Trauma Center Feasibility Study with recommendations on how to increase access to medical care in traumatic emergency situations.
     
    “Every life has value.  And every life deserves the right care, at the right place, and at the right time,” said Dr. Hasbrouck.  “Some victims of violence and other forms of trauma do not have ready access to the care they need because of a lack of high level medical facilities in that area.  The Trauma Center Feasibility Study looks at areas where access to emergency care for traumatic injuries is lacking and offers recommendations on how to fill these relative trauma deserts.”
     
    Trauma centers are specialized facilities within hospitals with the expertise to care for patients with traumatic injuries.  For a hospital to become a trauma...

  • 9th Jan, 2015

    CHICAGO – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today encouraged people across Illinois to take part in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 19, 2015.
     
    “Doctor King said that, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland said.  “Illinoisans answer this question each day by helping their neighbors and their community.  Volunteerism is the answer.”
     
    The Day of Service will also mark the beginning of the Year of the Volunteer with the theme of “You are the difference.”  Volunteerism throughout Illinois will increase during the year by celebrating community service and connecting and strengthening the already extensive network of organizations involved in service.  In Senate Resolution 1002, the...

  • 8th Jan, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today launched IDPH’s updated website that is interactive, user friendly, mobile friendly and offers more online services.
     
    “We want to provide as much public health information as possible in an easily accessible way, whether you’re on a computer, your phone or a tablet,” said Dr. Hasbrouck.  “Our updated website allows people to easily access health information such as immunization schedules or how to get a copy of your birth certificate.  It also allows health care professionals to quickly find how to report information to IDPH, or how IDPH licensed professionals, like plumbers and EMTs, can easily find license renewal information.”
     
    What you will find on the IDPH website:

    • Social media integration – access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube directly from...
  • 7th Jan, 2015

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging women ages 21 and older to speak with their physician or health care provider about cervical cancer screening and prevention this month – “Cervical Health Awareness Month.”

    Cervical cancer forms in the tissues of the cervix (the lower, narrow end of the uterus or womb that connects the vagina or birth canal to the upper part of the uterus). Cervical cancer is almost always caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Fortunately, with regular screenings and follow-up, this form of cancer is easily preventable and highly treatable when detected in its early stage.

    “We recommend women have their first routine cervical screening at age 21,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “I also encourage women, along with young girls (ages 11 to 13) and their parents, to ask their health care provider about HPV...

  • 5th Jan, 2015

    Inaugural Illinois Morbidity and Mortality Bulletin

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today released the inaugural issue of its Illinois Morbidity and Mortality Bulletin (IMMB). The IMMB is IDPH’s primary publication for scientific articles of interest to public health communities and professionals in Illinois. Articles in the IMMB are prepared by IDPH staff from various programs based on analysis, description, interpretation and discussion of data...

  • 27th Dec, 2014

    CHICAGO – Today, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck announced negative Ebola test results.

    “The Illinois Department of Public Health conducted testing for Ebola, which was negative, of an individual who recently travelled from West Africa,” said Dr. Hasbrouck. “The individual was experiencing a fever and respiratory symptoms and was transported to a hospital following stringent infection control protocols. In addition to medical evaluation and after consultation involving the hospital, the Chicago Department of Public Health, IDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH performed testing for Ebola as a precaution. The test results were negative for Ebola.

    “At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Illinois and there is no threat to the general public. Travelers from Africa may experience illnesses such as...

  • 20th Dec, 2014

    CHICAGO – The following is a joint statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC), two of the members of the Chicago Ebola Resource Network:

    Test results for Ebola virus disease were negative for a child who recently traveled from West Africa to Chicago. The child had a fever during screening at O’Hare International Airport and was transported to UCMC following stringent infection control protocols for observation and testing. In addition to a medical evaluation, Ebola testing by IDPH was performed as a precaution, the results of which were negative. The child has been discharged.

    At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Illinois, and there is no threat to the general public. Travelers from Africa may experience malaria or respiratory illness due to...

  • 18th Dec, 2014
    2.57 Million Illinoisans Give $7.2 Billion in Service

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is commending the state’s 2.57 million volunteers who made a difference through volunteerism last year. Illinois volunteers served nearly 320 million total hours, which is valued at $7.2 billion.

    “Illinois has a strong tradition of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “Across our state, we see volunteers working in schools, helping the homeless, preparing for and responding to disasters, supporting faith-based organizations, protecting the environment, and supporting economic improvement. When communities volunteer, we see an increase in economic strength and education and a decrease in crime.”

    The recently released...

  • 9th Dec, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is accepting nominations for the sixth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. For-profit businesses that support service will also be recognized.

    “Illinois is fortunate to have thousands of volunteers who donate their time and talents to help others and to build stronger communities,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of Serve Illinois. “With these awards, we recognize those whose initiative,...

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